Pearlette Toussant has been a litigator for the last seventeen years.  She began her career at a large defense firm where she represented multi-national corporations in complex litigation involving trademark, intellectual property, and unfair competition.  After a few years on the defense side, she joined a plaintiffs’ class action law firm where she focused her practice on securities litigation.  At this firm, she was a member of the successful trial team in In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation where she took a number of key witness depositions and helped build a case that yielded a record-breaking $6.13 billion recovery for defrauded investors.   Put simply, Pearlette knows how to prepare and try big cases.  As a former defense lawyer, she also understands litigating against Fortune 100 companies and against the large firm counsel that often represent them.

Pearlette has also spent her career giving back to her community.  She is a volunteer at MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) in Philadelphia where she has acted as a public speaker for the organization, prepared food for distribution to clients, and also assisted in raising funds to support their mission.  She has volunteered at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia.  The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBT community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences.  Pearlette has also volunteered for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Gender Fairness Task Force.

Finally, but maybe more telling of who she is as a human, Pearlette has run and finished a marathon in every State in the United States.  Let us say that again: fifty marathons, fifty States.  Boom.  This is the type of dedication, focus, hard-work, and suffering that we bring to representing our clients and litigating cases.  Pearlette has fifty marathons to prove it.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
Juris Doctor, May 2000
Member, Black Law Students’ Association
Member, Women of Color Law Group

Reed College, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, May 1996   
Completed Senior Thesis and Oral Defense: An Exploration of Responsibility, Personhood and Moral Reasoning
Recipient of McCree Memorial and U.S. West Scholarships
President, Reed College Black Student Union
Coordinator, Reed Arts Weekend

Publications

“Making Law Concerning an Underwriter’s Obligations and Achieving Record Settlements With the Underwriter Defendants”, Barrack Bulletin, Volume 9, Fall 2005 co-author with Gerald J. Rodos
“2001 Annual ABA Forum on Franchising Report”, The Franchise Lawyer, Fall 2001 co-author with Constantine T. Fournaris
“The Internet Hits a Brick Wall”, The Franchise Lawyer, Fall 2000 co-author with Harris J. Chernow